This course name and description ONLY applies to academic year 2021-2022

PLS 13186-2: Ancient Greece: Poetry, Theater, and Philosophy

Instructor: Francesca Bordogna

Find out why some books are so enthralling that they have captivated readers for two and a half millennia. We will read, discuss, and write about great works from ancient Greece, including Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey, Sappho’s fragmentary poetry, tragedies by Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides, Aristotle’s Poetics, and some of Plato’s most beautiful dialogues. Besides offering an opportunity to consider some of the foundational texts of Western culture, the class will also serve as an introduction to the “Great Books” approach of the Program of Liberal Studies, in which students develop and test interpretations of classic texts through careful reading and active discussion. This seminar counts as the first in the required seminar sequence for students who go on to major in PLS, and it fulfills the University literature requirement.